Have you been looking skyward lately? Over the next "moonth" look for the crescent moon near the planets Venus, Saturn, and Mars in the evening twilight. You'll also want to hum the song Indiana Moonbythe Hunter Smith Band, which embraces the moon as "heaven's lantern." The Indianapolis Star reports the tune penned by the ex-Colts punter has been endorsed as the Indiana Bicentennial anthem.
Indiana Moon Lyrics
2015 Hunter Smith Band
Red barns poppin’ in the country light Front porch colors on the 4th of July The corn is gold as the sunshine Far as you can see
When the sun goes down and the day is o’er We lie on our backs in the cool outdoors Heaven’s lantern is all aglow Over Hoosierland
Chorus: Let me hear you say hey It’s never too soon For a little romance And an Indiana Moon Hey, there’s nothing like June With my hometown girl And an Indiana Moon
It shines like a diamond on her tender hand Over the farms and the pasture land From ol’ Mount Vernon up to Nappanee Over you and me
Since 1816 we’ve been here
Passin’ down life through the smiles and tears
Under its light through the hard years
Shinin’ like a friend
It shimmers in the winter and the glistenin’ spring Smiles on the turnin’ of the autumn leaves Heartland summer’s when it really beams Over Hoosierland
1923 Indiana Moon
The splendor of the moon has inspired other artists in Indiana's history. For example, a 1923 song also entitled Indiana Moon has lyrics written by Benny Davis with music by Isham Jones. A video of this older version, sung by John Count McCormack, includes scenes of Indiana at night.
Another version of the 1923 song Indiana Moon...
The Upcoming Moonth
Singing the tune yet? Here are some lunar sights to go with the sound.
Let the Indiana Moon be your guide in finding Saturn and Mars, as the trio form an obvious line in the evening twilight.
A very thin crescent moon hovers just above Venus low in the west just after sunset. It's a tough find, but rewarding.
Just left of the crescent moon is the ringed planet Saturn.
October 8 On the evening of October 8, down and to the right of the first quarter moon is the red planet Mars, which dominates atop the teapot shape of the constellation Sagittarius.
Tonight the full moon rises in the east as the sun sets in the west. The Hunter Smith Band will perform Indiana Moon at the Indiana Statehouse at 7:00 p.m. on October 15 during the Indiana Bicentennial Hoosier Homecoming and again at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on December 11, the state's official 200th birthday. Ironically, the Hunter's Moon occurs October 16 at 12:23 a.m. EDT.
Hope to see you under the Indiana Moon, when heaven’s lantern is all aglow.